January 24, 2020

Do you read Canadian?

It’s almost time for the inaugural I Read Canadian Day! There’s never a bad time to celebrate Canadian books for young readers. However, February 19, 2020, will be an exceptionally good time to join with Canadian libraries, schools, and families for 15 minutes (or more) of reading.

Whether your library is hosting events, planning reading challenges, or designing book displays, you’ll want to be prepared to recommend a variety of Canadian books to the young readers in your community. That’s where NoveList can help.

If you’re new to using NoveList for CanLit, your first stop should be “Finding books for your Canadian readers,” a downloadable list of search strategies that show you how to use NoveList to find Canadian authors, Loan Stars read-alikes, Canadian book award-winners, and Canadian-specific lists. (Speaking of lists, if you’re hosting an I Read Canadian storytime, you’ll especially appreciate the Canada: Read-Alouds list, which you can access directly by searching for UI 435504). Don’t forget to use the Refine Results panel on the left to adjust your results by audience level — after all, if you’re helping a teen reader, you don’t want to sort through kid stuff, and vice versa. 

If you’re already a NoveList power user, you might want to try a deeper dive into Canadian content in NoveList, which includes some more specific tips, such as learning the ins and outs of our Curricular Connections and Grab and Go book lists (heads up, school librarians!). 

And if your library uses LibraryAware, you’ve already got access to ready-made promotional materials for I Read Canadian events and readers’ advisory — just search for I read Canadian Day.

Happy reading, Canada! On February 19, we’ll be reading right along with you.

Rebecca Honeycutt is a Readers' Advisory Librarian. Her favorite recent Canadian reads are Kyo Maclear’s Operatic, Eldon Yellowhorn & Kathy Lowinger’s What the Eagle Sees, and Celia Krampien’s Sunny.


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